Missouri S&T offers Undergraduate AND Graduate Credit for Project Lead The Way courses

Undergraduate Credit: 

The link below details the requirements, and has the downloadable PDF of the two credits we offer, MECH ENG 1720 and BIO SCI.  Outlined are some important and common questions we receive about the process to obtain credit.  If you have specific questions, please call Brittany at the Registrar's Office at 573-341-4074.  



FAQ's :

How much does the credit cost?  PLTW applicants may apply for credit for Missouri S&T’s MECH ENG 1720, which is a $200 course fee, or one of the following four courses from the Biomedical Sciences Program, which is a $250 fee per course. The fees cannot be charged to their Joe’SS account (current S&T students) – only credit card or check is the acceptable form of payment for S&T students seeking to attain credit or applicants that wish to only obtain the credit and transfer it elsewhere.

Intro to Engineering Design  Mech Eng 1720


Principles of the Biomedical Sciences (PBS)   Bio 1943

Human Body Systems (HBS)   Bio 1953

Biomedical Innovation (BI)     Bio 1983

Medical Interventions (MI)     Bio 1993

 How long does a student have until the credit is no longer available to them? There is not a deadline to apply for credit, but it is common for students to apply for the credit when they graduate high school. Recent high school graduates have a better idea of what program of study they wish to pursue and we encourage PLTW applicants to check with their prospective university to see how the credit(s) would transfer, before applying and purchasing the credit. The four BIO SCI courses transfer to Missouri S&T as first year biology electives. If you get an inquiry about needing a course syllabus so a transfer evaluator can evaluate them at their university, direct them to the course outline found at the website: http://pltw.mst.edu/undergradcredit/undergradcredit/ . There is only course outlines, not syllabi as these courses are awarded and not actually taught on campus. The MECH ENG 1720 credit is a freshman class required of all Missouri S&T engineering majors (taught on campus). Depending how prospective universities apply PLTW credits, it may still be beneficial for students to bring in college credit that can boost their college cumulative GPA or count towards credit hours to increase their class standing (i.e. freshman, junior), which may be needed to meet purposes such as prerequisites for other courses, for example.

 How does our high school submit the forms to you? Students should fill out and sign the appropriate sections of the form and have the teacher or a school official sign off and document their course grade and End of Course Exam Grade. The student will then attach/provide payment and give to a school counselor or school official that handles the applications. The high school will send the application, payment, and an official high school transcript to the address on the bottom of the PLTW application. The high school transcripts themselves, must be in a sealed envelope - mailed directly to our office and not from the student/parent. (Some schools will put the official transcript in a sealed envelope and put that into a larger envelope with application and payment -  this is ok. Students/parents may send in an official transcript in a sealed envelope that is then enclosed in a “home” envelope with application and payment – this is ok as well).

 What type of credit do the students earn? Students earn 3 college level credit hours for the MECH ENG 1720 and for each BIO SCI course. The BIO SCI courses are included in the student’s Missouri S&T GPA and the MECH ENG 1720 is not included in the GPA. If an applicant transfers our PLTW credits, BIO SCI credits will transfer with a letter grade (whatever grade average they received in the PLTW course in high school), while MECH ENG 1720 transfers with an “EX” or exempt, as it is an awarded credit. Some universities only transfer in a graded MECH ENG 1720, and not a MECH ENG 1720 with a grade of “EX.”

What are the requirements to qualify for college credit? The requirements for receiving MECH ENG 1720 credit, is a B average (80% +) in both Intro to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering), along with a score of “6” or higher on the EOC Exam for both courses. The fee is $200. Students may substitute DE(Digital Electronics), CEA (Civil Architecture and Engineering), or EDD*(Engineering Design and Development) in place of the IED requirement, or one of those courses can be substituted to satisfy the POE requirement, ( POE substitution is subject to approval by our Missouri S&T PLTW Director, Dave Hosick).

 Note: *EDD does not have an EOC score).

  The requirements to receive credit for each of the four courses in the Biomedical Sciences Program is a B average (80% +), a score of 6 or higher on the EOC Exam for each course, along with a $250 fee per course. 

  Applications cannot be processed without missing signatures, EOC scores, transcript or payment.

  If an application is turned in and it does not meet the requirements, a denial letter will be sent to the addresses listed on the PLTW application. There will be instructions on the appeal process, if they would like to appeal for the credit(s).

 What classes (year 1, 2, 3, 4) can earn the college credit? Students may seek college credit for MECH ENG 1720 after they have completed both IED and POE courses or after they complete each BIO SCI course. Current college students may also apply for credit if they have taken the PLTW courses previously in a PLTW certified high school.

Transcript Requests to transfer PLTW credits:

Once a  PLTW credit is approved and processed, an award letter is sent out with information on how to order an official transcript. PLTW applicants will be directed to the following link to request a transcript: http://registrar.mst.edu/transcripts/trans/ and click on “Click here to complete a transcript request through the NSC.”

 Information about completing a transcript request:

The transcript prompts will ask for either a student ID or social security number (They will have to enter their social if they do not have their student ID from their transfer evaluation report).

It will ask “Are you currently enrolled at Missouri University of Science and Technology?”  If they select “No,” they will have to answer the “approximate years of attendance” in a begin year and end year format. Thus, if they only received PLTW credit at S&T and never enrolled, they would just put “2018” to “2018” for whenever their credit was granted.

Transcripts are $10 per copy, plus processing fees.

 How do I get documentation to show my PLTW credits are paid for - for tax purposes?

PLTW is not a part of the 1098T. When credits are approved, an award letter and transfer evaluation report are mailed out, and the award letter correspondence states the credit(s) and the date that they were paid in full – and to use for tax purposes if needed.

 Brittany Parnell

Enrollment Services Specialist
Office of the Registrar



Graduate Credit: 

Project Lead The Way teachers can apply to receive graduate credit  for courses taken during Core Training.   Starting summer 2018, Missouri S&T will be offering the credit.   

More information will be available soon.   



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